Lionel Messi scored his 643rd goal for FC Barcelona and needs one more goal to break Pele’s record. It’s also his 450th goal in La Liga.
Brazilian legend Pele scored 643 goals for Santos before retirement. Messi’s heart-throbbing victory always remains an inspiration for the young players to achieve more heights in their plays.
However, FC Barcelona drew 2-2 at Camp Nou to Valencia CF in the La Liga.
FC Barcelona 2 – 2 Valencia CF : Match Analysis
Valencia CF had the first goal after a wonderful header by Mouctar Diakhaby in the 29th minute. FC Barcelona struggled initially in scoring goals but they had the majority of possession (around 73%).
Pele’s record was broken by Messi in the 4 minute add on time for first half. Messi missed the penalty albeit scoring the goal on the rebound.
Barca completed the comeback in the 52nd minute after a wonderful scissor-cut goal by Ronald Araujo. However, Los Che scored the equalizer in the 69th minute by Maxi Gomez.
Lionel Messi – Ultimate Goalscorer for FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi also has the second-most goals in the Champions League (118), just behind Cristiano Ronaldo (134). He has remained the top scorer for his country, Argentina (71 goals).
The Argentinian’s other goals for FC Barcelona include 450 in La Liga, 53 in Copa del Rey, 14 in Spanish Super Cup, 5 in Club World Cup and 3 in UEFA Super Cup.
Pele was extremely happy with Messi nearing his record. The 80-year old legend scored the equal amount of goals (643) during his stint at Santos (1956-1974).
However, Messi’s record-breaking stint at Barca is shadowed by the poor form of the club under new boss Ronald Koeman.
The Blaugrana have lost 18 points in 13 matches under the new coach, a poorer record than that shown by the club playing under Quique Setien.
The club is now at 5th position in the La Liga table and next face Real Valladolid away on 23rd December.
There are rumors about Ronald Koeman running out of favor from the fans. However, there are many managers lining up for the job such as Mauricio Pochettino, Maurizio Sarri, and Massimiliano Allegri waiting for the opportunity.
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